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GLOBALLY IMPORTANT AGRICULTURAL HERITAGE SYSTEMS - Combining agricultural biodiversity, resilient ecosystems, traditional farming practices and cultural identity

GLOBALLY IMPORTANT AGRICULTURAL HERITAGE SYSTEMS - Combining agricultural biodiversity, resilient ecosystems, traditional farming practices and cultural identity.

Agricultural Heritage: A Legacy for the Future

The concept of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) is distinct from, and more complex than, a conventional heritage site or protected area/landscape. A GIAHS is a living, evolving system of human communities in an intricate relationship with their territory, cultural or agricultural landscape or biophysical and wider social environment. GIAHS’ dynamic conservation approach is emphasized in a balance between conservation, adaptation and socio-economic development.

Why Dynamic Conservation of Agricultural heritage?

Traditional agriculture systems are still providing food for some two billion people today. They also sustain biodiversity, livelihoods, practical knowledge and culture. This global agricultural heritage needs to be recognized and supported in ways that allow it to continue evolving – and provisioning goods and services for the present and future generations.

THE WAY FORWARD –KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT

Looking to the future, the GIAHS Programme should continue to disseminate the great benefits arising from GIAHS sites and strengthen knowledge management in the following ways:
1. Provide support to member countries on how to craft a well-coordinated action plan and develop technical guidance to implement it. This should include advice on actions and policies required for effective resource management, traditional knowledge management, conservation of valuable agrobiodiversity and development of markets for local agricultural products. The sharing of experiences and knowledge between GIAHS sites and experts in the field will be key.
2. Facilitate the monitoring of the implementation of GHIAS action plans, including evaluation of outcomes and proposals for corrective actions where necessary.
3. Collect scientific evidence and objective data that support traditional knowledge and good agricultural practices in GIAHS sites. This will help in evaluating the current state of the sites and in spreading awareness of useful technologies to other agricultural production areas.
4. Develop a mapping system of GIAHS sites to monitor land use changes.

See the GIAHS around the world, learn more about the latest GIAHS included in 2018, 2017, 2016

 Read the publication"Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems"